On Friday, August 23 Northfield Park will host two divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 14-race program. This will be the fourth leg of the Sires Stakes for the sophomore fillies.
Trotters begin Friday’s stake action in the evening’s eighth. The field of nine vies for a purse of $35,000. Contessa Leigh (Full Count-Howl-Overcomer) has been made the overwhelming 3-5 morning-line favorite. She races for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam, who co-owns the filly with G&B Racing. Wollam has enlisted the services of Chip Noble.
Contessa Leigh has won six of seven races this year and 11 of 14 lifetime. She starts from the rail and enters this event on a five-race win streak. Contessa Leigh has a career bankroll of $182,086 and has a 1:56.4 lifetime mark trotted at Scioto Downs on July 6. Also competing in the fourth leg will be Mitey Pretty Win, TT’s Megapixel, Diplomats Mistress, Coverlet, Miss Lulu Belle, Trainer Dunn, Sheza Lavec and MJ’s Victory Wish.
Race 10 will host the final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening with the $35,000 fourth leg for three year-old filly pacers. Pink Camo (Pine Valley-CG’s Gem-Shady Character) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the full field of 10 starters. She is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J. Melillo and R. Suda. Ron Burke, North America’s winningest trainer in 2013, trains the filly and uses Aaron Merriman to drive.
This sophomore has 21 starts, winning eight races and finishing second and third three and two times respectively. She set a 1:52.3 mark last year at Scioto Downs and equaled that time this year at The Meadows. Burke is hoping to bolster her $135,900 career earnings. Pink Camo starts from post three in a talented field consisting of Two Friskie, Forever La Nigh, CG Satin, Norma Jean, Cheat Sheet, Igottafeelinfran, Rain Dance Maggy, One Naughty Lady and CG’s Serious.
by Ayers Ratliff